Learn the Italian Game in 20 Minutes [Chess Opening Crash Course]

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov gives you a quick crash course on one of the most popular chess openings, the Italian Game, which happens after the following moves: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4.

You will learn the general opening theory, guidelines, key ideas, attacking plans, common errors, and some cool traps. Instead of just memorizing the opening moves, you will learn and understand the key ideas and purpose of each move.

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00:00 Italian Game Chess Opening [Ideas & Plans]
00:24 Why 3.Bc4? Don’t memorize moves, understand the opening
01:18 Giuoco Piano, 4.c3
03:34 Pawn sacrifice for a winning attack
04:32 Can you find the winning move for White?
05:00 If White plays 5.d4
06:55 If White plays 5.d3
09:07 Black plays 5…d6, Classical Variation, Giuoco Pianissimo
10:10 If Black delays castling 6…0-0 and plays 6…a6
11:43 Creating an escape square for the c4-bishop
12:33 Most common error by White (DON’T make this mistake)
14:34 If Black plays Bg4, pinning your knight
17:01 Building up the kingside attack
18:46 Summary & Conclusion

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42 Comments

  1. Me turning off after he said you can't just win by using common sense i don't even have common sense

  2. Where can I find the free master class? Thanks!

  3. @4:46 Sack the bishop by taking the D6 pawn, then after queen takes back, still just Qf7#?

  4. you can do an evan's gambit when black puts their bishop to c5 by pushing a pawn to b4

  5. Sry but not good tutorial, you moved Bc4 and telling me so many times it's attacking f7, waste of time!

  6. 6:20 don’t castle. You conveniently had the bishop take first. If knight takes first, you lose a tempo and a pawn and no mating threats. And you were the one who said “ don’t memorize moves”

  7. Bxd6 Is forced mate in two as the king has no legal moves, so Queen I'd forced to take, allowing Queen f7 mate.

  8. Bd6+, Queen must take moving it off of the 7th rank, Qf7#

  9. the winning move is bxd6 if black queen takes checkmate or black king dont notice it checkmate or ate the queen

  10. At 4:45 the move that I think of is to sac the bishop checking the black king and attacking the queen.

  11. 4:47 White Bishop takes D3 and Than Queen Contniuing with Checkmate

  12. Is the ans
    Bishop d6 check
    Black queen must take the bishop in order to stop being checked then queen f7 checkmate ??

  13. Igor, what should I do if black plays Qf6 instea of Nf6 to prevent d4? Do I just keep developing my pieces?

  14. hey coach smirnov.i lose all games that my opponent castles

  15. Your first questions answer for those who dont know=
    Firstly take the pawn with bishop it will check the qeen and the king queen has to take otherwise it would lose the queen after that use your own queen for checkmate

  16. Bishop takes d6pawn queen has to take and white queen f7 checkmate

  17. Bxd6+, Qxd6, qf7# but that took me a bit cause I'm not a blitz player lol

  18. Ufff, I started playing like white and then Im black then back to white 😢😵‍💫, it hurts to be a rookie 😭

  19. What if Qf6 to defend d7 square at that start?

  20. The winning move at 4:40 is Bxd6+. Black has three possible moves: Qxd6, Ng7, and Qe7 all of which are followed by Qf7 mate.

  21. Thanks a lot!! Also for the Masterclass 👏

  22. White's back bishop takes pawn at C6, forcing Queen to take it. Then Qf7 checkmate !

  23. The content is superb but impossible for a beginner to follow due to the incredible speed at which you speak.

  24. take the queen with the dark bishop and since its also a check the queen is lost either way. if queen takes then checkmate on next move if not then still mate sometime later.

  25. Is there a slower video for idiots like me lol

  26. Wow, u teached this better than any creator

  27. Bxd6+ and the queen takes the bishop and then Qf7#

  28. The is bishop takes d6 4:36 check to king 👑 queen has to take ,deflecting the queen then queen f7 checkmate,if b queen does not take on d6 knight block you take the free queen 😂

  29. Bishop to d6 check…. And then the king have no legal move rather than take my bishop from his queen to d6… And then boom!!!!!queen to f7 is beautifully checkmate ❤‍🔥

  30. I've been playing italian game for 3 months that I started chess and I feel like compared to other some common openings finding the right move in italian really is a bummer and definitely italian is not beginner friendly yet many chess teachers teaches it first or second

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